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Nuribotoke

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Nuribotoke as illustrated by Toriyama Sekien.

The Nuribotoke is an animated corpse in Japanese mythology.


Origin

One theory is that the nuri-botoke is the spirit of a household Buddhist shrine kept in poor repair, which in frustration comes to life and begins to gets its pieces back together.


Appearance

The Nuribotoke is often portrayed with dangling eyeballs, rotten black skin, and an extremely bloated stomach, sometimes as a mockery of Buddha. It is also depicted with the tail of a catfish, perhaps betraying a trick played by a tanuki or another animal shapeshifter.


Behavior

In addition to its striking physical resemblance, the Nuribotoke sometimes poses as a messenger of Buddha to manipulate particularly foolish practitioners with false prophecies. Otherwise, this lighthearted ghoul devotes its spare time to joyous dancing, especially during the "Hyakki Yako Zu" or "Parade of a Hundred Demons", said to occur one night every summer.[[Category: Zombies]